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2 August 2017 
Issue No: 31 

Grenfell Fire 
Response News 

Work to retrieve possessions to take place 

A process is now in place to retrieve possessions from flats at Grenfell Tower 
that were less extensively damaged by the fire. 

To support the ongoing forensic investigation and ensure the safety of personnel 
inside the building, additional structural works will start in the coming weeks. 

A specialist recovery company has been employed to remove possessions 
from 33 flats in Grenfell Tower and 22 flats in Grenfell Walk. Letters have been 
sent to affected residents to let them know how possessions will be recovered 
from their properties. 

If people have any questions, they should talk to their Key Worker 
or housing advisor, and for more information and updates visit 

Public consultation closes on Friday 

The public consultation on the Terms of Reference for the Grenfell Tower 
Inquiry will close this week, on Friday 4 August. 

The consultation is an opportunity for people to let the Inquiry team 
know what they believe the Inquiry should cover. The consultation period 
was extended by three weeks to allow more time for people to respond 
and ensure the Inquiry’s work, which cannot begin without the terms of 
reference, can progress. 

You can find out more and submit a response online at 


Public meeting taking place next week 

The next community public meeting will take place next week on 
Wednesday 9 August. Full details on the venue and timings will be given 
in the near future. The session will aim to provide: 

• an update from Response Team representatives 

• a face-to-face question and answer session 

• guidance on information and support available. 

Meetings are open to the public, so please do come along or invite people 
from the Lancaster West estate who you think would like to attend. 

If you have suggestions of any issues you would like to see addressed at the 
meeting, please contact 


1 Work to retrieve 

possessions to take place 

1 Public consultation 
closing on Friday 

1 Public meeting taking 
place next week 

2 Activities for young 
people this summer 

2 Transport support 
line from TfL 

2 Pop-up shop for residents 

3 Mental health support 

3 Air quality update 
by Dr Yvonne Doyle 

4 Housing update 

4 #Game4Grenfell charity 
football match 

What is this newsletter for? 

This is the thirty-first edition 
of the Grenfell Fire Response 
Team newsletter. We want to 
keep you up to date with all 
the latest information and 
services available to help. 

The newsletter is also available 
in Arabic and Farsi languages. 
For regular updates please follow 
us on Twitter @grenfellsupport 

and on Facebook at facebook. 
com/grenfellsupport or visit 

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2 August 2017 

Activities for children and young 
people this summer 

There are a range of activities planned to support parents in the local 
community to entertain children and young people during the summer holidays. 

Summer in the City 

There are hundreds of events and 
activities taking place for children, 
young people and their families 
this summer across central 
London. Enjoy outdoor activities, 
bake-offs, free cycling tours, nature 
trails, cupcake making, graffiti art, 
photography and much more. 

You can pick up a copy at locations 
across the borough or visit www. 

Summer camps 

The Good Grief Trust is holding 
creative workshops for young 
people and families on weekdays 
from 10am to 3pm, until Friday 11 
August at the Playground Theatre, 
Latimer Road, W10 6RQ. People 
can enjoy arts, crafts, t-shirt 
making and more, and lunch 
will be provided each day. 

The camps are held by The Good 
Grief Trust in collaboration with Jake 
Walker and The Playground Theatre. 

You can find out more by calling 
Liz Dempsey on 07713 148 021 
or online at 

Community sports day 

An open day of activities and fun 
is being held on Saturday 5 
August, from 10am to 5pm 
at The Westway Sports Centre, 

1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP. 

A huge range of activities will be on 
offer for people including climbing, 
football, tennis, arts and crafts, 
indoor cycling and Zumba. There 
will also be a grand prize draw for 
an activity hamper worth £3,500. 

There is no need to book to attend 
the open day, just turn up and enjoy. 

Drop-in and play football 

QPR, Westway Sports Centre, 
and other local organisations are 
providing a free drop-in and play 
football programme for 4 to 18 year 
olds from the local community. 

Sessions are taking place Monday 
to Friday, 10am to 4pm at the 
Westway Sports Centre and the 
programme is being delivered by 
professional DBS qualified staff. 

Outdoor summer 
holiday activities 

The Ecology Centre in Holland 
Park, W8 6LU, is running outdoor 
summer holiday activities for 
young people aged 4 to 12 until 
1 September. The activities are 
taking place in the Centre’s Wildlife 
Area so that children can have 
fun and learn about animals and 
nature, and indoor craft sessions. 

The programme includes wildlife 
and forest-themed activities, craft 
sessions and family activity days. 
Please note that children under eight 
must be accompanied by an adult. 

A full programme of activities can 
be found on the ‘holiday activities’ 
section of the Ecology Centre website 


To book or for further information 
please call the Ecology Centre 

on 020 7938 8186 or email 

More information 
on events and activities 
throughout the summer 
can be found online at 

Transport support 
line for residents 
from TfL 

A support line is now open from 
Transport for London to give travel 
support and advice for people 
affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

The support line can provide 
advice on a wide range of travel 
issues from a specialist team 
of advisors, including: 

• advice on topping up Oyster 
cards for those who have 
already received a new card 

• information about Dial-a-Ride 
for people who are unable to 
use public transport 

• journey planning for people 
who have moved to a new area 

• support to get replacement 

The support line is 0800 222 9876 
and is open every day from 
10am to 6pm. 

Pop-up shop 
for Grenfell 
residents today 

A charity pop-up shop will be 
open today, Wednesday 2 August, 
for Grenfell residents to choose 
clothes, shoes and children’s toys 
that have been donated to Latymer 
Community Church. 

Residents can choose any items 
free from the shop, which will be 
open between 11 am and 3pm at 
142 Bramley Road, W10 6SR. 

The shop is open to Grenfell Tower 
and Grenfell Walk residents, plus 
anyone who remains in temporary 
accommodation and feels unable 
to return to their home. People 
need to bring ID with them when 
visiting the shop. 

You can find out more online at or by calling 
07967 606 272. 


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2 August 2017 

Mental health support 

There are lots of services available if you or an adult or young person you know is feeling traumatised 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

Support for adults and young 
people over the phone 

• If you require an urgent mental 
health response for yourself, 

or on behalf of a young person, 
you can call the NHS 24-hour 
support line on 0800 0234 650 
or email 
Please let the operator know 
you are calling as a result of 
the Grenfell Tower fire. 

• The British Red Cross helpline is 
also available to anyone affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. For 
practical or emotional support 
you can call 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 
5pm, Monday to Friday. 

• Adults and young people 

can also call the free Samaritans 
helpline on 116 123. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

• People under 25 can call Childline 
any time on 0800 11 11 and 
have a one-to-one chat with a 
supportive, trained counsellor 
any time, day or night. 

• CALM offers support to men, 
who can call the confidential 
helpline on 0808 802 58 58 

or visit 

The line is open every day from 
5pm to 12 midnight 

Read our leaflet on 
supporting children and 
young people 

If you have questions about 
how to support a child or young 
person affected by the Grenfell 
Tower fire, you can download 
a leaflet that includes: 

• Guidance on how a child might 
behave or react after a tragic event 

• Ideas for how to support them 

• Advice on explaining to a child 
what happened. 

You can download a copy of the 
leaflet at 

Support for children with 
disabilities and learning 

• Full of Life Kensington and 
Chelsea is providing outreach 
counselling to parents of children 
with disabilities. A programme 
of short breaks is being put in 
place for the Summer. 


for more information. 

Latest advice on air quality and dust from Dr Yvonne Doyle 

Public Health England (PHE) has 
been assessing and monitoring 
air quality in the area surrounding 
Grenfell Tower. 

Dr Yvonne Doyle, PHE’s director 
for London, said: “Some people 
have said that their asthma has 
been exacerbated. If you or 
someone you know is having 
problems with asthma, please 
do ring your GP and get an 
appointment as soon as possible. 

“People have also told us that they 
have noticed increased dust in the 
local area. Generally, visible dust 
can’t be inhaled into the lungs, as 
such the risk to people’s health 
from dust is considered to be low. 

We have also monitored the air for 
respirable dust and we have not 
seen high concentrations in the areas 
around Grenfell Tower, however if 

people do notice any dust within their 
property it can be safely removed by 
wiping with a damp cloth. 

“People who have been exposed 
to smoke from the fire may have 
experienced irritation to their air 
passages, skin and eyes, which 
can cause coughing and wheezing, 
breathlessness and chest pain. 
People who continue to experience 
these symptoms should seek 
medical advice from their GP 
or on NHS 111.” 

If someone does not have a GP, 
they can register for one online 
at by entering their 
postcode, or call 020 8962 4600. 
The line is open from 9am to 5pm, 
Monday to Friday. 

People can also ring NHS 111 
for health advice 24 hours a day, 
seven days a week. 

Air quality reports with data collected 
from around the site is published 
online every week at 
environ mentalmon itoring- 

If people have waste material or 
debris from the fire at their property, 
they can contact Kensington and 
Chelsea Council on 020 7361 3001 
to make arrangements for them to 
collect it. 

More advice from PHE can be 
found online at 


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What help is 
on offer? 

Anyone who would like to speak 
to the police in relation to the 
investigation into the fire are 
asked to contact the Met Police 

on 0800 032 4539. 

Other important contacts 

Bereavement support 

Call the Freephone helpline 

on 0808 808 1677 or email The 

line is open 24 hours a day. 

Replacement UK passports, 
visas or immigration queries 

Call our advice line on 

0300 222 0000. The line 
is open 24 hours. 

Air quality and smoke exposure 

If you have concerns about 
any symptoms, please see 
your doctor or call NPIS 111. 

Housing support 

If you have any questions about 
housing or need to want to find 
out who your housing officer 
is please call 0800 137 111 
or 020 7361 3008. 

Victim support 

Call 0808 1689 111 for practical 
and emotional support, or visit The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

You can also get physical and 
mental support at the Grenfell 
Assistance Centre. Find out 
more by calling 07712 231 133. 

You can also call the Red Cross 
helpline on 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 5pm, 
Monday to Friday. 

For regular updates please 
follow us on Twitter at 

@grenfellsupport and on 
Facebook at 
grenfellsupport, or visit 

Housing update 

Finding housing solutions that work for everyone directly affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire remains our absolute priority and we are 
working hard to achieve this. 

Offers of temporary accommodation are being made on a daily basis, 
but we know that families will have concerns around this process 
and the idea of accepting a temporary home. So far, 174 offers 
of accommodation have been made, 45 offers have been accepted 
and 12 households rehoused. 

Government has given commitments to help reassure families that: 

• their needs are paramount, 
all other considerations are 
secondary to these 

• their rent will not increase and 
the same terms and conditions 
of their previous home at Grenfell 
Tower or Grenfell Walk will be 

• they will have lifetime security 
of tenure 

• they will not be forced to stay 
in temporary accommodation 
on a long-term basis 

• accepting an offer of temporary 
accommodation does not mean 
that they lose priority for a 
permanent home 

• no one has to accept a 
particular property and not 
accepting a property does not 
mean that they will be made 
intentionally homeless 

• temporary homes will be rent 
and utility bill free for 12 months 

• for some cases, if they like their 
temporary home, there is the 
potential for it to become their 
permanent home (this will be 
discussed when the home is 
offered to them). 

More information is available on the 
housing line on 020 7361 3008. 

#Game4Grenfell charity football 
match taking place 

A charity football match, the #Game4Grenfell, will take place on Saturday 
2 September to show support and raise money for the community affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire at Queen’s Park Rangers’ Loftus Road stadium. 

Two teams of ex-professionals and celebrities, as well as a few special 
guests, will take part in the special match, including Marcus Mumford, 

Les Ferdinand, David Seaman, Alan Shearer, Peter Crouch, Oily Murs 
and Jarvis Cocker. 

Money raised from ticket sales will be given to the London Community 
Foundation and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, who will 
distribute the money to people affected by the fire and the wider 

Over 2,000 complimentary tickets will be issued to those affected by 
the fire, including families, the emergency services, volunteers and 
members of the local community. 

Tickets to the #Game4Grenfell cost £15 for adults and £5 for concessions. 
To find out more and buy tickets, visit